The only thing notable about Week 5 is that the second domino in the Copper Division’s setup will fall Friday night in Torrington when Naugatuck visits the suddenly hot Red Raiders. But since that’s our Game of the Week, we have to preview the more boring matchups first.
The favorites in this week’s games–the ones that matter, at least–are no-brainers. But they can’t afford any upsets to keep pace in both the divisional and playoff races.
Thursday, Oct. 11
Seymour at Ansonia: As Johnny Ribbs said, it’s time for the Wildcats to take their medicine this week. After the Chargers’ not-so-dominant performance against Holy Cross, we can be all but sure that they’ll have a little something to prove when they return back home for an old Valley rivalry game. If Derby couldn’t stick with Ansonia, there’s not much reason to think Seymour can. This week begins the soft underbelly of the Chargers’ schedule. Sorry, Seymour.
Picks: Remmy- Ansonia, 48-12. Kyle- Ansonia, 42-6.
Kennedy at Holy Cross: The Crusaders are in a bit of a perilous spot. They can’t lose another game the rest of the way if they want a real shot at getting into the Class S playoffs but there are more pressing concerns aside from the big picture. Holy Cross’ offense has been below average for a team with the expectations it has. The Isaiah Wright-run wildcat definitely has potential but when his legs are the only legitimate threat on the field there’s a lot of potential left on the sidelines (Adrian Brown, in particular). When we take a look at the offensive matchups in this game, the teams are pretty much the same: Wright is going to line up and run at Kennedy, and the Eagles are going to line up and run against Holy Cross. Something has to change for the Crusaders to be more than just another one of the average teams. Their defense is good but it can’t make up for the lack of offense.
Picks: Remmy- Holy Cross, 56-18. Kyle- Holy Cross, 35-6.
Friday, Oct. 12
Wilby at Wolcott: The Eagles are really heating up. Mike Nicol had one of the best games of his career last week at Seymour, accounting for five total touchdowns and making his presence felt on defense, too. The more impressive thing about Wolcott is that a new playmaker seems to step up every week. Joe Lynch is now a firm part of the offense but Matt Cyr was the Eagles’ breakout player last week, catching three touchdown passes. Wolcott looks to have as many capable weapons as anyone. Wilby is a fairly similar team to Seymour (athletic quarterback with an OK arm, running back who gets most of the workload) so the Eagles shouldn’t have too many problems at home.
Picks: Remmy- Wolcott, 49-20. Kyle- Wolcott, 41-12.
Watertown at Derby: The Red Raiders’ best offensive output since Week 1 came last week in a bit of a surprising blowout of Wilby. When Michael Kreiger and Dillon McMahon are both clicking, Derby can hang with almost anyone in the league. The Indians’ defense has been their stronger side of the ball but they haven’t faced an offense this good yet. But maybe Watertown finally has some momentum after gaining its first win. Still, it’s tough to see Derby losing a game at home when the team has set itself up for a shot at playoff contention.
Picks: Remmy- Derby, 35-27. Kyle- Derby, 47-13.
St. Paul at Woodland: This should be a battle between the two best quarterbacks in the NVL but it really shouldn’t be close. St. Paul has, by far, the worst defense in the league and is probably going to get torched by Tanner Kingsley and his finally complete corps of receivers. This is the Hawks’ tuneup for their tough, tough second-half schedule that begins next Friday in Torrington. The only question is how much damage the Falcons’ offense does against Woodland’s JV defense. If the Hawks’ staff wants to help Kingsley’s case for All-NVL at the end of the season, they might keep the varsity defense out there a bit longer to keep Logan Marchi’s usually inflated numbers down.
Picks: Remmy- Woodland, 52-14. Kyle- Woodland, 47-7.
Crosby at Sacred Heart: David Coggins, Javon Martin and Xavier Woods are all eligible to return for Sacred Heart. But we don’t know whether they’ll automatically assume starting positions after all that’s happened. Even if they do, how rusty might they be? Coggins, especially, hasn’t played a real high school game since November 2010. Plus, Jaquan Overbey wasn’t at Sacred Heart’s game last week, and we don’t know why. Crosby turns over the ball as much as any team in the league, so this might be a really, really sloppy game.
Picks: Remmy- Crosby, 27-20. Kyle- Sacred Heart, 33-27.
One more set of apologies for another week without preview videos. We promise, our faces will return in Week 6 (to your dismay, probably). Later this week, we’ll have our Game of the Week thread featuring Naugatuck at Torrington!
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